Some herbs don’t taste so great by themselves. Thankfully, you can combine aromatic and medicinal herbs to create herbal syrups that are delicious on their own or with desserts and beverages.
Alieta of Mountain Rose Blog, a wonderful resource for DIY recipes, provides a simple recipe for making your own medicinal syrup using Abhwagandha and Damiana. In this post, she talks about her approach to preparing syrups that combine good taste with medicinal properties:
Syrups can be prepared with sugar or honey. If prepared with honey, my preferred method, medicinal syrup can be soothing and coating to the digestive tract membranes it comes into contact with, such as the throat. Besides being absolutely great for you, who doesn’t love a good honey coat when it’s cold outside? For proper preservation and a shelf stable syrup, it is recommended to use a ratio of 1:1 (tea to honey). However, you can cut back to 2:1 or 3:1. If you use less sweetener to tea parts, you will need to keep your syrup refrigerated and use quickly. You can also add some tincture to help preserve your syrup longer, as well as give an extra medicinal boost.
The best thing about syrups is that like tea or tinctures, you can formulate with any combination of herbs to create medicine for your needs. While elderberry syrup is the most popular, I also love to have individual or combinations of ginger, thyme, elecampane, chamomile, peppermint, marshmallow root, schisandra berry, echinacea root, elder flower, hawthorn berry, holy basil, and hop flower syrups around!
And you can click here for her recipe for a tasty herbal syrup.